Pirates Winter Leagues: Three Pirates Contribute to the Offense in Colombia

Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s action around winter ball for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Colombia

Andres Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a double, two walks and a stolen base. He now has a .371 average and a 1.068 OPS in 34 games. He’s second in the league in average, second in homers and first in RBIs.

Rodolfo Nolasco went 1-for-5 with two RBIs. He now has a .212 average and a .692 OPS in 30 games.

Francisco Acuna went 2-for-3 with a grand slam, three runs and a walk. The home run was his third of the winter. He now has a .252 average and a .782 OPS in 32 games.

Puerto Rico

Tsung-Che Cheng went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s now hitting .193 with a .553 OPS in 16 games, with two doubles, a triple and five walks.

Josh Palacios went 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s now hitting .241 with a .708 OPS in 16 games, with three doubles, a triple, a homer and six walks.

Mexico

Fabricio Macias went 0-for-1 as a late-game replacement. He’s now hitting .252 with a .656 OPS in 60 games.

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ST1300b

Wick… would someone please get this guy a bat!
Alvarez is putting everyone on notice that there is no fluke, there is nobody blocking his path, and that when the opportunity comes he is going to lock down a spot.
If you can hit they will find a place for you.

AdministrativeSky236

Except that colmbias level of competition is below where he should be playing iirc

ravidesai1984

Any report on how Alvarez’s defense looks.

b mcferren

I respect a guy that wears ear flaps on both sides of his helmet

jon6er

You must respect switch hitters then.

b mcferren

I think Oneil Cruz needs to wear a pony league chin strap so his helmet does not fall off as he glides over second base

Wilbur Miller

As long as he’s gliding over second base a lot, not sure I care.

b mcferren

I like it better when he´s looking at his watch wrist when he steps on the second base bag

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